Saint Louis University

Cognate/Certificate Programs

Cognate courses are elective courses chosen with the assistance of the advisor that individually and collectively enhance the depth of understanding of the student's chosen research area of concentration. These courses may be chosen from other schools or departments in the University. The areas include medicine, public health, psychology, sociology, education, public policy, business, research methodology, and other relevant disciplines. For more course information,

Classified students may pursue a certificate while seeking a PhD in nursing. Many doctoral students obtain the certificate in University Teaching Skills.

Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL)
CTTL is devoted to promoting quality teaching in Saint Louis University in the Jesuit tradition. CTTL is a place where graduate students who are interested in academic careers, can engage in stimulating dialogue about timely pedagogical issues. Individuals may pursue the CTTL Certificate in University Teaching Skills by attending seminars and completing additional requirements.

Following completion of all course work including required nursing courses, methods courses, electives, and cognate courses in the area of concentration, the student takes a written preliminary exam, an oral preliminary exam, defends a dissertation proposal, and completes and defends a dissertation.

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